Skiing, Wine and Wellness: Winter among the Vines in the Gibbston Valley

The sun is blazing down on the vines, Christmas is looming, and the last wisps of snow are melting into the deep blue lakes of the Queenstown region. Summer is nearly upon us, and we’ve had a stunning few weeks of weather here at Kinross Cottages recently, with blue skies for miles and perfect spring temperatures hovering in the high 20’s.

For the savvy traveller, the arrival of hot weather in New Zealand’s South Island means exactly one thing: it’s time to start thinking about booking winter accommodation deals and Queenstown skiing holidays.

Wine, Ski, and Wellness: Escape into winter at Kinross Cottages

Kinross Cottages has three excellent ski-fields in close proximity, making it an outstanding Queenstown accommodation choice for all snow sports, whether that’s skiing, snowboarding, cross-country, heli-skiing, or even husky sledding.

And how better to enjoy your winter snow escape than in at Kinross in the Gibbston Valley, where a morning of cutting through fresh powder on the mountain can be followed by a superb winery tour along the Queenstown wine trail, a blissful soak in the hot tub overlooking the valley, a relaxing yoga class in our Willow Room, or a fondue and quiz night in the cosy General Store bar?

We’ve even got Ski & Yoga Retreats planned for winter at Kinross in 2018 (more on that coming soon, but please register your interest with us now so we can schedule enough for everyone!)

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It’s Like a Ski Lodge, Only Better

Kinross Cottages is a superb Gibbston ski lodge experience just outside Queenstown, offering luxury vineyard cottage accommodation. Our boutique cottages offer exceptional privacy and a special feeling of seclusion, which you often don’t find in a crowded ski-lodge.

It’s just a very short stroll from your cottage door past the duck pond and the willow trees to our welcoming bistro, bar and cellar door, which is is the ideal place for wine tastings or enjoying a delicious lunch and dinner in the Gibbston Valley. We’ve got plenty going on in the evenings over winter, with quiz nights, movie nights, and our famous Friday nights when local winemakers, residents and guests gather together in the bar.

You might just want to relax by the giant fire out in the wine garden, rug over your knees and tucking into some delicious pizza straight from the wood-fired oven. 

You can also buy restaurant-quality meals to take back to enjoy with a bottle of wine in your private, self-contained cottage if you feel like a romantic evening alone.

And did we mention that our excellent cooked and buffet breakfast is included in your room rate, and comes with an espresso coffee of your choice? What better way to start your day on the mountain, or fortify yourself for a fun day on the wine trail?

The Early Bird Gets the Powder: Special Winter Accommodation Deals at Kinross

While some of us more spontaneous types are often loathe to book ski accommodation so far in advance, it’s a no-brainer for those of you who want to save money and get the rooms you want, on the dates that you want them.

Booking for winter 6 months ahead means room rates are cheaper, you’ll have better room availability to plan your trip, and you’ll have something to dream about and look forward to for the next six happy months.

For cheap ski holidays around Queenstown, you can’t beat booking in advance.In fact, at Kinross we’re offering an incredible early bird 30% OFF Winter Accommodation Special, but only if you book now, when the mercury is rising across the Gibbston Valley.

For couples looking for a romantic winter getaway, or groups looking for a winery and ski experience with lots of adventure on offer, Kinross Cottages in the Gibbston Valley is the place to be. Forget the stag dos and tricky parking of increasingly hectic Queenstown—escape just outside the city into the vines with us instead.  And if you want to only pay for every two of three nights you stay in winter, well, you know where we are. 

Spontaneity is all well and good, but it’s a terribly expensive way to a book a Queenstown skiing holiday.

Winter is coming.


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